Tron: Legacy

Rating: ★★★★☆

“Tron: Legacy” is not a work of intellectual genius, but it is an achievement in the bond of imagination and technology. To make the most out of your viewing experience of “Tron: Legacy”, I suggest that you do not attempt to understand its plot. It introduces a world so technically complex and complicated that I doubt even Mark Zuckerberg would enjoy studying it.

That world is called The Grid, a digital realm where its citizens are called Programs who wear tight and partly glowing outfits. They talk and handle their bodies like robots, and when its evil dictator, Clu, decides to dispose one of them, they shatter into shiny, glittery grains of death. It’s up to Kevin and Sam Flynn to prevent Clu from getting to the real world, because People don’t die fancy like Programs. They just, you know, die.

Other than nice outfits (and Olivia Wilde), there are more pretty things to look at when within The Grid, and the movie takes it time in showing them off to the audience. In many scenes, the movie detaches itself from the absurd plot and we become honored guests at a great, and justified, display of special effects. Try to recall your first night out at Pandora.

These scenes play out like video games, where there’s a good guy faced with a bad guy, and by the end of the scene, there is a winner, and a loser. They are shallow and silly, but I don’t care. My eyes liked what was in front of them, and my brain understood that, and decided not to interfere with the fun.

My admiration for the visuals in “Tron: Legacy” is that it might appear sometimes as if there is a glut of special effects, when in truth there is not much up there. I know, most of the movie is shot in green screen. What I appreciate is that the filmmakers didn’t go overboard on their opportunity. The beauty of their visuals comes from two main colors. The strokes of blue and orange are captivating, and the makers never seem to run out of ways to keep them that way. Movies like “Speed Racer” failed where “Tron: Legacy” succeeded.

“Tron: Legacy” doesn’t just triumph in sights, but also in sounds. The original soundtrack from Daft Punk might just cause some ears to physically react to what it’s about to hear. And have I mentioned it also has good visuals? Before I go, I must say that this is the first time I shall acquire an original soundtrack from a movie again since the day I saw “Moon”.

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